Political structure will radically change to suit the needs of the people it serves, instead of providing service to the wealthy. Modern thought, science, and technology would advance at a more rapid pace due to the increasing applicability of their solutions and their newfound intuition. The need for self-reliance and individualism would drive out consumer culture in America. Transcendentalism’s pays-off well for average Americans through the common good, or reduction of negative qualities of American lifestyle, it creates for average Americans. While adopting transcendental principals may not remove all negative factors from American life, the adoption of transcendental principals will create many benefits for American citizens.
Cahill goes on to write, “What we have now is a culture in which the idea of the American dream can mean many things to many different people. Does the American dream mean owning your own home, being a substantial member of your community, and helping others? Or does i... ... middle of paper ... ...nd turn it into a quest for perfection. For most Americans, being “perfect” is unachievable because there is no criterion for perfection. Sometimes we are tricked into happiness by the American industry.
Rather than attempting to construct a common identity amongst vastly different groups, the behaviors and beliefs that make certain groups different ought to be celebrated and respected, as these differences constitute the true American identity and provide a richness that allows America to continue strengthening. The issue of immigrants’ rights versus preserving dominant cultural traits in a society has only become more pressing as globalization has increased. This increased globalization has caused mass migration from certain areas of the world, often afflicted with famine, strive and poverty, to the West. As nations tackle these pressing issues and attempt to deal with their new residents, certain questions have to be answered. Are all cultures equal?
People are different, and with those differences come different dreams. There are those who don’t have the riches to make their dreams happen right away, but with work ethic anything in this world is possible, There are still hope in the idea of the American Dream. Americans would argue that letting more immigrants in would ruin the American dream. This isn’t reasonable because the American dream is supposed to be for the people coming from different places that are getting opportunities to live it because they weren’t able to back at
The right to become successful only works for those who begin to succeed. Tenet two is the “reasonable anticipation” of success. Because of this, Americans may be willing to take more risks in order to improve their lives. Here Hothschild points out that as long as resources are abundant enough or expectations are low enough, all would be well. Loss of resources reduces the availability of the Dream, however because the dream only offers possibilities, there are no guarantees.
The American Dream is known to be a hope for a better, richer, happier life for all citizens of every class. For almost all Americans, this entails earning a college degree, gaining a good job, buying a house, and starting a family. Although this seems wonderful, a large amount of the American population believes that the Dream has changed immensely because of increased prices in today’s society, the price of tuition being highly unaffordable, as well as the unemployment rate skyrocketing and weaker job growth. While some American citizens believe it has changed, others believe that the American Dream has not changed, but point out it is harder to obtain. There are multiple factors that make the American Dream come true.
The likely hood of a person moving up a class is rare but it does exist. People need to be pushed and have a drive to keep going and to keep trying. That is why we are told we have an equal chance in life so we can all strive for better even though in reality we do not all have an equal chance. But nonetheless people should try to become successful even if they never make it in life because a life without purpose, goals, or ambitions is a meaningless life. As humans we need a reason to live, another day for people to take advantage and make the best of it.
I believe having American culture means that you embrace freedom, celebrate the national holidays, vote, and many other things. Since I do live in the United States of America I believe that American Culture tends to valued more than all the other subcultures within the nation. This can be seen if you look into the media. It’s not uncommon that media outlets will portray certain sub cultures as not wanting to assimilate or that they are somehow causing trouble somehow. You can also see that people who come from cultures that aren’t American tend to have harder times finding jobs.
Often those who rank in the lower classes usually feel that their problems will be resolved if they gain enough wealth to reach the upper class. This then offers a false connotation that the American Dream is this passage into to high social status and upon reaching that level, you are then able to abandon all economic worries. However, the American Dream involves more than acquiring wealth and a high social status. The dream involves attaining a balance between the spiritual strength and the physical strength of an individual. In the end of this book Jay GatsbyÕs ultimate goal to have Daisy love him never comes to fruition solely because he chooses to pursue his dream by engaging in a lifestyle of high class.
Now, we live in a country were people do not work to provide the necessities of life, but instead to ensure their ownership of the latest technology, clothing, cars, and other material possessions. This has put significant pressure on American families, and especially the middle class, because they are now forced to face a moral dilemma; sacrifice your time, family, and quality of life to “Keep up with the Jones’s” or allow yourself and your family to be ridiculed for not being driven enough to pursue the New American Dream: Wealth and Happiness. Prior to the rise of big business in the late nineteenth century, Americans centered their efforts on hard work. For many, their goal was not to obtain extravagant wealth, but instead gain economic independence. They only wanted to be able to afford what they needed to provide for their family and were satisfied with what they had.